|Regions with significant populations|
|Domari, Arabic, Aramaic, Kurdish, Turkish|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Dom people, Roma people, Kawliya|
Nawar is an Arabic term for several sedentary communities used primarily in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine. The term, regarded as derogatory, is used by Arabs for several diverse ethnic groups. They have historically been called "Gypsies", though as a whole they only have economic activities and lifestyle in connection with the Romani, possibly having distant linguistical relationship; only the Dom people (the largest of the groups) have a clear connection with the Roma. The Dom people are especially known as Nawar.
This numerically small, widely dispersed people have migrated to the region from South Asia, particularly from India, in Byzantine times. As in other countries, they tend to keep apart from the rest of the population, which regards them as dishonorable yet clever. The Nawar have traditionally provided musical entertainment at weddings and celebrations. The participation of Nawar women in such activities is lucrative, yet at the same time it reinforces the group's low status. Nawar also appear at festivals to work their trade as fortune-tellers, sorcerers, and animal trainers. In Syria today, one may still encounter Nawar encampments in rural areas.
The Nawar in Syria number 100,000 to 250,000 people according to estimations. The vast majority is sedentary. The sub-groups of the Nawar include Dom (Sunni), Turkmen (Sunni), Turkmen (Shia), Abtal (Shia), Albanian (Sunni), Kurd (Sunni), and Kaoli (Sunni). The Dom and Turkman are the largest groups.
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